This imposing desk ornament is a sought after bronze grizzly bear from the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway. It is highly detailed, with lifelike features and a serious attitude.
On one side of the base in raised letters is: CHICAGO, MILWAUKEE & ST. PAUL RY. / TO PUGET SOUND - ELECTRIFIED and on the other side of the base, GALLATIN GATEWAY TO YELLOWSTONE PARK. In exceedingly tiny letters it is further marked on the base (on the top edge, behind the right hind paw) REHBERGER MFG. CO. CHICAGO .
Our bear is an advertising piece, created to promote travel on the CM&StP which passengers could use to reach Yellowstone National Park. The north-westernmost area of Yellowstone includes the southernmost peaks of the Gallatin mountain range. Part of the Rocky Mountains, they are located in the U. S. states of Montana and Wyoming. There is no better symbol of that region than the grizzly.
SIZE: Approximately 3 inches tall at the tip of the highest ear. The base is approximately 4 inches long and 2.5 inches wide.
Our Knous guide calls this bear bronze. It is very heavy at over 1 pound weight, and the color is right, with a reddish cast. A magnet does not stick. It is possible these were a white metal or alloy with a bronze wash or even plating. But there are no signs at all of any loss if indeed it is plated.
CONDITION is superb with great color and patina. There are NO cracks, chips, splits or other metal damage. This piece is missing the felt bottom it would have originally had, but (1) We can include felt for it and (2) You can see inside the base to make sure there is no metal damage.
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